On June 17th hundreds of Ohioans took over the statehouse to pledge resistance against the gas industry and pass legislation banning hydrofracking, sending a clear message to our state government that Ohioans demand protection from the dangers of fracking. But our politicians and regulators have been bought, and if we want the legislation we passed to have any impact for our communities and our land we will have to enforce it with our bodies, with our courage, and with our actions.
In this spirit, Ohio Fracktion is hosting another anti-fracking action camp during the second weekend (13th-15th) of July at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Youngstown. Like the action camp held in April, we hope this event will further coalition building for people organizing against fracking across Ohio, equip fracking impacted residents with the tools needed to bring nonviolent direct action into local struggles against fracking, and help bridge the gap between Ohio fracktivists and our friends in Michigan and Pennsylvania. There will be workshops on a broad variety of topics geared towards widening and deepening our understanding of the industry and ways to protect our communities from it. You can register online here(please register by July 4th for guaranteed housing).
Our second anti-fracking action camp will be taking place July 13th-15th at the First Unitarian Universalist’s Church of Youngstown! Like the action camp held in April, the goal of this three-day event is to equip fracking impacted citizens with the tools needed to bring non-violent direct action into local struggles against fracking and to facilitate coalition building for people organizing against fracking across Ohio and other affected areas. There will also be workshops in a broad variety of topics geared towards widening and deepening our understanding of the industry and ways to protect our communities.
Now-July 4th: Registration for the action camp. It is very important for those who plan to attend to register so that we can anticipate housing and food needs. We are asking for $20-25 at registration to cover rent and food. However nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. You can either donate online, or send us an email and we will give you our mail address.
July 13th-15th: Action Camp!
Workshops will be held all day at the First Unitarian Universalist’s Church of Youngstown. We are excited to bring back a few of the same trainings featured at the last camp while also adding a serious medic training and a more technically focused blockades training, among other additions.
The action camp aims to provide support and tangible resources to those deeply involved in the movement, while also providing a useful introduction for those who want to become involved now. If you are from the Youngstown area, we especially encourage your involvement in action-planning for the 16th; get in touch for more information.
We welcome people to arrive Friday morning, but please Sign-up if you plan to attend any of our workshops throughout the weekend. Dinner will be provided. Vegan and vegetarian options will always be available. Please make sure to register online so we know how many folks to cook for! If you have additional dietary restrictions or would like to bring your own food you are welcome to of course – just let us know when you register please!
July 16th: Day of Action
In June, 1000 residents converged in Columbus and passed the people’s legislation to ban fracking. But our State and regulators are in the pocket of the industry, so we must enforce the legislation with our bodies, courage and actions. As the culmination of the action camp, we will come together for a day of action. More details will be soon to come. We invite you to attend the action even if you cannot attend the action camp. Go to our action page for more information.